Gerald Anderson knows social media can be a source of anxiety and the best thing to do when it gets too much is simply to deactivate.
“Mag-deactivate ka muna, lumayo ka muna,” he said. “Go out and explore. Learn about culture. Talk to strangers. Pagbalik mo, maniwala ka sa akin, iba na ang perspective mo.”
Gerald’s latest movie, “Between Maybes”, is about an actress (played by Julia Barretto) who wanted respite from the harsh realities of her career. She went to Saga, Japan, and met the character Gerald plays.
The actor could relate to the predicament.
“I had a situation in my life which was a little bit overwhelming, na maraming nangyayari at parang sabay-sabay. You can’t handle the outcome o ’yung mga nangyayari. Today okay na, tapos bukas may mangyayari ulit. I think lahat naman tayo dumadaan sa ganon. So, maganda na takas ka muna, recharge, then harapin mo ulit pagkatapos, ” he shared.
Gerald has learned a thing or two about letting go.
“I think just control what you can control. ’Yung mga ibang bagay na kahit gusto mo talagang i-control or hawakan or baguhin, kailangan mong i-let go ’yun. At the end of the day, kahit ano’ng mangyari, everything will work out. Everything will be okay. Ang pinakamahirap doon ay ’yung hindi pa siya okay. You have to stay strong.”
As Julia’s character in the movie seems willing to give up her career in favor of her love life, the actor was asked if he would do the same in real life.
“Hindi ba puwedeng parehong nasa iyo? Ah, but it’s difficult, you can’t have it all.
“Well, it depends. Sa sitwasyon ko ngayon, kailangan ko pang mag-ipon. Marami pang goals na gustong marating but darating ’yon. Ako, sa edad ko, mas malapit na ako doon, pero marami pang kailangang gawin,” he said.
Work on the movie in Japan went smoothly, Gerald said.
“Siguro alam naman namin na papunta pa lang ay magiging mahirap dahil kokonti ’yung oras namin, kulang kami sa tao, maraming gamit so lahat nag-adjust,” he said.
He was amazed with the location as it looked like a ghost town.
“Ako ngayon lang ako nakapunta sa shooting, sa isang lugar na parang lima lang ’yung tao. ’Yung bahay ni Louie, ’yung bahay ko dito, talagang lima lang ang nakita ko (na Japanese),” he shared.
He explored the area with his production assistant whenever he got bored.
But the isolation proved to be conducive for work as “walang distractions, mas mabilis kong nakuha ’yung character dahil sa environment.”
While shooting, he was all praises for Julia’s professionalism.
“Sa na-witness ko kay Julia, gusto niya ’yung ginagawa niya, eh. Kita ko ’yun sa kanya and sa performance niya dito talagang alam mo na she’s really for this business and she loves what she does. Masarap kasama ang ganoon klaseng ng tao, ’yung ganoon ka-passionate, ’yung sobrang sipag niya,” he said.
“Nag-shooting kami for one week tapos parang dalawang araw lang, tatlong araw lang para gumawa ng isa pang commitment dito and then bumalik siya sa Japan. Pagdating niya ay diretso siya sa shoot. Only a person na mahal na mahal ang ginagawa niya will do that.”